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Aiming High

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Even in the most difficult circumstances recovery is always possible, says Jody Leach.

Doubling Down

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With World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, now is the time to redouble our efforts towards hepatitis C elimination, says Rachel Halford. World Hepatitis Day...

The Heat is On – Doctor Wars (part two)

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In the second part of ‘Doctor Wars’, Bill Nelles describes the tumultuous days of the 1980s. Read part one here. By 1983, the cold war among...

Safeguarding Sanctuary

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The lockdown has forced services providing domestic abuse support to become even more resourceful and innovative, says Miranda Hawtrey. Read the full article in DDN...

Bill Nelles – Doctor Wars (part one)

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In the first part of his two part series 'Doctor Wars' Bill Nelles describes how the running battles between substance misuse clinicians in the...

The Benzo Trap

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Improving our understanding of benzodiazepines would save many lives, says Kevin Flemen. Non-medical use of benzodiazepines creates big challenges for treatment services. There need to...

Commissioning Quality

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The new national substance misuse commissioner forum will play a vital role in responding to future challenges, say Chris Lee and Prof Jim McManus. Even...

Gender imbalance

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The lockdown may be having a disproportionate effect on female service users, warns Gordon Hay. The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown impacts on all...

In the Picture

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The parliamentary group discussion moved to Zoom for its first meeting since the crisis hit services.

Staying Alert

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The sector has risen admirably to the challenges of COVID-19. But it needs to remain vigilant when it comes to what happens next

June Letters and Comment

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Letters and comment from June DDN magazine

Zooming in

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Technology is helping to make sure that recovery workers and clients stay connected.

Grow a little kindness

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SIG Penrose Roots is a garden-based community recovery project that provides a therapeutic growing space for service users, members, volunteers and the wider community.

A new normal

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Within days of lockdown being announced, Lancashire’s recovery communities had transformed their way of life on a grand scale, as Chris Lee explains. We are...

Staying on track

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What does COVID-19 mean for hepatitis C elimination plans in London? Dee Cunniffe gives an update. Two months ago, on 2 March, senior leaders from...

Remembering Simon

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Tributes have been paid to Simon Morgan; Change Grow Live recovery worker, DDN volunteer, and a much-loved member of the Stratford-upon-Avon music scene, who...

Home from home

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Keeping the home ties strong is one important way that Phoenix Futures keeps their residents’ motivation high, says Liam Ward Aligned with government guidance –...

Shared perspectives

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Having had to postpone his trip to the DDN conference, Bill Nelles reflects on the differences in drug policy between the UK and his...

Uncharted territory

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The coronavirus outbreak has transformed almost every aspect of our society at dizzying speed. DDN looks at the impact so far on treatment services...

Dame Carol Black Review – Next Steps

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Dame Black has spoken loud and clear. How policy makers respond will be crucial.

Matters of Life and Death

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Kevin Flemen confronts a topic we all need to talk about.

Become a Playwright

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Outside Edge Theatre Company invite you to enter an exciting competition with a life-changing prize. Outside Edge Theatre Company (OETC) is the UK’s only theatre...

A safe space

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The threat of COVID-19 has prompted Phoenix Futures to make their rehabs even more of a sanctuary

Believe in better

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Having to close Build on Belief because of coronavirus was like losing a limb, but they’ll soon be back to doing what they do best.

New horizons?

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Will the coronavirus pandemic give us an opportunity to confront society’s problems, adopt radical policies, and emerge with steadfast solutions, asks Martin Blakebrough. A crisis...

Tips for the home teacher

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With many more weeks of home schooling to go, Becky Cranham's tips might save your sanity... One week down, lots more to go. As it...

Q&A – New legal rules around children in care

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Solicitor Emma Roberts offers advice around the new legal guidelines around children in care during the coronavirus pandemic. In light of the current health crisis...

Coronavirus: Uncharted Waters

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The coronavirus outbreak is transforming almost every aspect of our society at dizzying speed. DDN looks at the impact so far on treatment services...

Coronavirus advice

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Information, advice, and useful resources on coronavirus for treatment services, service users, and people who use drugs. Please send us any information you or your...

DDN Conference 2020 Postponed – click for details

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The DDN Conference 2020

Heroin Assisted Treatment – A helping hand

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Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) is showing dramatic progress in transforming lives. DDN reports. ‘Life was shit. I would rob Peter to pay Paul. I’d cry...

A change of heart

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  When a ‘general in the war of drugs’ calls the campaign a complete failure, it’s time to listen. DDN reports from the GPs’ conference. ‘For...

Out of commission

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With the government’s long-awaited alcohol strategy showing no signs of materialising any time soon, the newly launched Commission on Alcohol Harm is hoping to fill in some of the gaps.

Access all areas

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Phoenix Futures’ Scottish Residential Service is transforming life for clients with disabilities

A crucial conversation

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Change Grow Live’s National Naloxone Conversation event was a vital opportunity to keep up the momentum for widening access.

A glimpse of the future?

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Canada’s opioid crisis may be less reported than that in the US, but the effects have been devastating. Is this where we are headed,...

National forum for action

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Delegates at the National Needle Exchange Forum’s annual conference heard inspiring examples of taking harm reduction to the next level. James Pierce reports.  More than...

We need to talk about diamorphine

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The new diamorphine programmes may not be the holy grail that some think, says Nick Goldstein. As I’m sure many of you have noticed, diamorphine...

Emergency measures

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Although Wales has largely escaped significant treatment budget cuts, drug deaths are still rising to alarming levels. Access, and evidence-based treatment, are key to...

No time to lose

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The ‘substantial upward trend’ in drug-related deaths was explored at the latest meeting of the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group, as DDN...

Clinical Eye

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Let’s get moving Exercise could become a valuable part of the treatment plan, says Ishbel Straker. I have recently started to work with a personal trainer,...

Different perspectives

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We need to dig deep for inspiration and redouble our efforts against reactionary policies, heard this year’s HIT Hot Topics. DDN reports. Photography by...

The Present of a Future

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Imagine a very different version of this year’s festivities. Liam Ward finds out what it means to spend Christmas in rehab. A roaring fire, a...

Review of the year 2019

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Cash strapped Christmas Battered by Brexit, the public went to the polls yet again. In the treatment sector, meanwhile, more long-established facilities are forced to...

Hope after chaos

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It’s time to ‘get busy living’, says Tom. I had a good childhood and my parents provided all that I needed. My first years at...

Inside Out

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When delivering recovery services to prisoners, demonstrating impact is a complex but vital process, says Carwyn Gravell. Forward’s range of structured, abstinence-based treatment programmes (which...

What a long strange trip it’s been

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When DDN launched way back in 2004 Tony Blair was prime minister, the NTA was just three years old, and the money was flowing...

On the right path

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With Alcohol Awareness Week this month, Claire Carlow tells us how Forward’s alcohol pathway is revolutionising treatment in East Kent When Forward took over the...

Breaking Ties

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When prescribing regimes are preventing service users from moving on, should we be looking at new options? DDN reports ‘What makes me angry is that...

It’s all about you

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Change Grow Live wants its new strategy to come from staff and service users, says Mark Moody.

Family matters

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The families of people who use substances are unforgivably overlooked. With an election looming, read Adfam’s own five-point manifesto.

End of a relationship

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Leaving drug use behind can feel like losing a lover. Christopher Robin looks at how to cope. Perhaps you need a new perspective, a new...

Walking back to happiness

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Mark Reid on two books that consider the restorative power of walking. In The Salt Path, Ray(nor) Winn and Moth, Cer husband of 32 years,...

More than my past

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A new campaign is tackling stigma head on, says Asi Panditharatna. Read the full article in DDN Magazine ‘We believe everyone has the ability to...

Journeys of recovery

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A team of cyclists made up of staff from Humankind’s services across the country completed an epic 170-mile Ride for Recovery from Manchester to...

We need to talk about Brexit

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The implications of the political turmoil caused by Brexit are dangerous for service users says Nick Goldstein.

Up close and interpersonal

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Interpersonal group therapy has huge potential to help people in their recovery. However, ongoing supervised practice and support are critical in training effective facilitators, says Dr Tim Leighton.

The power of naloxone

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As soon as Harbour Housing introduced naloxone a life was saved. A decade on they are looking back on one of their best decisions

Agents of change

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We urgently need to become activists once more, argues Nick Wilson in his contribution to The Vision Project. Read the full article in DDN Magazine The...

Case dismissed

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Why are recommendations to improve custody-community transitions being routinely ignored when so many lives are at stake? DDN reports. As drug-related death rates continue to...